» 11/18/2005, 00.00
Making history, 57 deacons to be ordained in northern Vietnam
Cardinal Sepe, who is scheduled to visit the country in late November, will ordain the new deacons. According to Hanoi's Seminary, the large number of candidates is a sign that important changes are taking place in the Church and the government.
22/09/2005 VATICAN VIETNAM
Cardinal Sepe to visit Vietnam in November
The visit is strictly pastoral and has no bearing on diplomatic talks. A new diocese in Ba Ria is to be inaugurated.
29/11/2005 VIETNAM VATICAN
Fifty-seven new priests ordained in Hanoi, Pope appoints a new bishop
For Vietnamese Catholics, the ritual function presided by Cardinal Sepe represents history in the making. All new priests come from northern dioceses.
17/01/2007 VATICAN – VIETNAM
Vietnamese premier to see Pope on January 25
Nguyễn Tấn Dũng will be the first top official of the Hanoi government to be received by the Pope. They will discuss normalising diplomatic relations, which currently do not exist.
11/01/2007 VATICAN – VIETNAM
Vietnamese prime minister to visit Vatican on January 25
It will be the first visit by a Vietnamese premier. The normalisation of diplomatic relations will top the agenda. For Hanoi there is the prospect of getting the Church to provide assistance to the poor and the disabled as well as help to revitalise the country’s soul at a time when people are in a rush for riches and corruption is growing.
After the “great turmoil” comes the joy of an auxiliary bishop, Monsignor Kiet says
In a letter to the faithful, the archbishop of Hanoi highlights the statement by the Bishops’ Council on “frank and direct” dialogue and prayer. There are fears that attacks against the prelate by Hanoi mayor, “rising star’ in Vietnam’ politics, will continue.
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